A multibody kinematic system approach for the design of shape-morphing mechanism-based metamaterials

Pier H. de Jong*, A. L. Schwab, Mohammad J. Mirzaali*, Amir A. Zadpoor

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Abstract

Shape-morphing structures have the ability to adapt to various target shapes, offering significant advantages for many applications. However, predicting their behavior presents challenges. Here, we present a method to assess the shape-matching behavior of shape-morphing structures using a multibody systems approach wherein the structure is represented by a collection of nodes and their associated constraints. This representation preserves the kinematic properties of the original structure while allowing for a rigorous treatment of the shape-morphing behavior of the underlying metamaterial. We assessed the utility of the proposed method by applying it to a wide range of 2D/3D sample shape-morphing structures. A modular system of joints and links was also 3D printed for the experimental realization of the systems under study. Both our simulations and the experiments confirmed the ability of the presented technique to capture the true shape-morphing behavior of complex shape-morphing metamaterials.

Original languageEnglish
Article number83
Number of pages13
JournalCommunications Materials
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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